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A 1983 film by Monty Python. ◄mendel►


There was a moment's expectant pause whilst panels slowly came to life on the front of the console. Lights flashed on and off experimentally and settled down into a businesslike pattern. A soft low hum came from the communication channel.

"Good morning," said Deep Thought at last.

"Er... Good morning, O Deep Thought," said Loonquawl nervously, "do you have ... er, that is..."

"An answer for you?" interrupted Deep Thought majestically. "Yes, I have."

The two men shivered with expectancy. Their waiting had not been in vain.

"There really is one?" breathed Phouchg.

"There really is one," confirmed Deep Thought.

"To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything?"

"Yes."

Both of the men had been trained for this moment, their lives had been a preparation for it, they had been selected at birth as those who would witness the answer, but even so they found themselves gasping and squirming like excited children.

"And you're ready to give it to us?" urged Loonquawl.

"I am."

"Now?"

"Now," said Deep Thought.

They both licked their dry lips.

"Though I don't think," added Deep Thought, "that you're going to like it."

"Doesn't matter," said Phouchg. "We must know it! Now!"

"Now?" enquired Deep Thought.

"Yes! Now..."

"All right," said the computer and settled into silence once again. The two men fidgeted. The tension was unbearable.

"You're really not going to like it," observed Deep Thought.

"Tell us!"

"All right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."

"Yes... !"

"Of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought.

"Yes... !"

"Is... " said Deep Thought, and paused.

"Yes... !"

"Is... "

"Yes...!!! ...?"

"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.


"Forty-two!" yelled Loonquawl. "Is that all you've got to show for seven and a half million years' work?"

"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."


-Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"



In other words, its 42 not 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc... not 41, not 43, not 44, etc... not 99999, not 1236457, its plain and simple 42!!!!

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